Ørsted East Coast Community Fund Awards Third Round of Grants

Ørsted East Coast Community Fund Awards Third Round of Grants

Nineteen deserving local organisations are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants from the third round of Ørsted’s
East Coast Community Fund.

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Each year, until 2037, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a wide range of community and environmental projects.

An additional £75,000 per year is ring-fenced for a skills fund, designed to support a range of educational and training initiatives.

The community groups will each receive a share of the windfall, which is available every six months through an open application process.

The successful groups from the third round are:

  • Boston & South Holland Talking Newspaper – £1,600
  • Lincolnshire Gliding Club, High Flying Girls – £2,100
  • The Curlew Community Centre CIO – £3,500
  • North Somercotes Bowls Club – £4,900
  • Fulstow Village Hall – £3,650
  • Grimsby Snaprats Community Basketball Clubs – £2,376
  • Fusion Boxing Fit – £5,000
  • Laceby in Bloom – £2,564
  • The Hollis Recreational Ground – £4,950
  • Holton-le-Clay Cricket Club – £3,065
  • The Hinge Centre Ltd – £3,316
  • Easington Youth Club – £25,000
  • Ingoldisthorpe Church Hall Committee – £13,472
  • Holton le Clay Parish Council – £20,000
  • Boston Women’s Aid – £24,500
  • Bridlington Sports and Community Club – £7,566
  • Welholme Works Ltd – £8,000
  • Home-Start Lincolnshire (HSL) – £40,126
  • West Norfolk Carers – £29,640

Katharine York, Treasurer of Lincolnshire Gliding Club said: “We are thrilled to receive this support from Orsted. We aim to inspire young women by showing how they can achieve something incredible, and to open their eyes to their own potential. We want to raise awareness of opportunities in aviation and STEM careers, and the experience that High Flying Girls gain will be invaluable for demonstrating confidence, teamwork and safety consciousness in any future application for further education or jobs. This grant enables us to provide opportunities to people who would not realise that they too can fly high!”

The Fund was launched by Ørsted in December 2016 and has so far donated well over £500,000 to over 50 projects. In total over the twenty years, up to £9.3 million will be made available for community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.

There are two application rounds each year for groups to apply to, and the next closing date is 1 August 2018.

Natasha Nanuck, Stakeholder Advisor at Ørsted said: “Congratulations to all of our community benefit fund recipients; nineteen worthy projects which our independent panel believe will make a big difference in their community, and looking at the work these organisations do, I agree.

Our East Coast Community Fund was set up voluntarily for exactly this reason, to give a financial boost to commendable projects which will bring value to coastal communities. We’re excited to be contributing towards a long lasting, positive impact locally.”

For further details about the fund and how you can apply to the next round, please click here